What’s happening in July {Daybook}

Outside my window . . . it’s hot. It’s summer in the south—today’s high is only 90, not bad

I am wondering . . . if I’ll remember to make my 10,000th tweet something special—it’s coming up soon!

I am listening to . . . “Open Up the Heavens” by Meredith Andrews, a new song we sang Sunday morning

“You’re the reason we’re here
You’re the reason we’re singing
Open up the heavens we want to see You
Open up the floodgates a mighty river
Flowing from Your heart filling every part of our praise”

I am thankful for . . . the high priority my church puts on worshiping God and practicing grace


I am working on . . . inputting volunteers’ information into a database for (God forbid) the next disaster in which their help might be needed

I am resolving . . . to read a few samples from my Kindle every week—I’m down to 82 (sigh, they’re my last reading priority at the end of the day)

I am creating . . . my own “Agreements” list, inspired by this book, The Four Agreements, and by Amy’s post, “A Code You Can Live By”

I am going . . . to watch a little more World Cup, even though I know so little about soccer (this helps some)

I am reading . . . Invitation to Love by Father Thomas Keating and these books


I am pondering these words . . .

“God is a tremendous supporter of creation, especially of all living beings.”
–Thomas Keating

I am praying . . . for believers (including myself) to show more love and hope in whatever ways we can

In my Bible journal . . . I just finished the book of Numbers in the OT, Matthew 14 in the NT

“…Not one of those people believed in the [Lord]’s power, except Caleb and Joshua. They remained faithful to the [Lord]” Numbers 32:11,12 ESV

Never let me doubt Your power that You can, even when I’m not sure You will. Continuing to believe is remaining faithful.

I am appreciating . . . Pinterest more since I’ve unfollowed house décor, clothing, and recipe boards (I’m weird, I know) and started following more boards on reading, writing, and organization

I am looking forward to . . . the family tradition of celebrating July 4th at the lake with my in-laws and bringing some best buds with us

I am studying . . .  and memorizing John 15:1-8. Next week, vs 9+

I am planning . . . more reminder blog posts for John 15 at Do Not Depart using Jenna’s pictures for all the verses (thanks, JT!)

One of my favorite things . . . watching my baby girl do what she loves, pulling in the rest of us to help her get the shot (and my sister Sandy for always snapping pictures too)


A picture to share . . . me with my two lovely sisters and our friend Kim at her wedding Friday night at Lake Guntersville


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What are you looking forward to in July?

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14 thoughts on “What’s happening in July {Daybook}

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It was a beautiful wedding. The couple is SO in love with each other and with God; both were evident throughout the evening. That makes it even more fun to attend.

  1. Bekahcubed

    Your comment about Pinterest is hilarious but oh so true. A well-curated feed makes the difference between an enjoyable inspiration site and a terrifying mish-mash of way-too-much. I started out “following all” and am starting to get a lot more selective about following specific boards instead.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Yes, I’m finally discovering that getting rid of all the boards I don’t like is the key. 🙂 I’ve also learned it’s quicker for me to unfollow all of someone’s boards first, then go back and add back the ones I like. (But I wouldn’t want them to know that. ha) Still so excited about your big news!!!

  2. Betty Draper

    July is full of connecting with missionaries home from several countries living in the of California. Full of swimming with our grandchildren. Got a few new books on my list and taking a really slow read into Bob Sorge, The Fire of Delayed Answers, so much good in every chapter. Working on my speaking engagement for Oct, I have three session, a first for me, makes me nervous but exciting at the same time. Hard to cram 67 years into a few hours but God keep reminded me of the important stuff. I don’t think I am near as busy as you are Lisa…enjoy hot July.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      Wow–you have a lot going on, Betty. But good stuff.

      I keep hearing about Bob Sorge’s book and it makes me want to read it too. Excited that you’ll get to share your God stories with a crowd in October! I know God will help you prepare and deliver when the time comes.

  3. Jerralea

    10,000 tweets! Wow, that is awesome. I’ve got like barely 500 … I don’t think to tweet most times.

    Thanks for sharing Open Up the Heavens. I liked it very much.

    What a gorgeous wedding photo! I love the background of the cross. You and your sisters look very nice in the photo – as well as the bride looks glowing!

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I didn’t realize that I would love Twitter more than Facebook. ha. It’s so much quicker to scroll through.

      Yes, that cross was gorgeous. I wish I had taken before and after pictures of it. The whole wedding was so beautiful. Hope you have a great 4th, Jerralea!

  4. Beverley

    Yes it’s summer!
    I am now in Joshua in the Bible – don’t really get the all the repetition, but sticking with it
    Looking for to my daughter coming to visit

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      I look forward to getting through Deuteronomy so I can get to Joshua. 🙂 It’s easier for me to relate to the narrative sections of the Bible. Hope you enjoy the visit with your daughter! My youngest daughter and her roommate are on the way to our house right now; I’m excited.

  5. Barbara H.

    I haven’t watched any of the World Cup. Soccer is a bit easier for me to understand than football, but I just don’t care to watch sports unless someone I know is playing.

    I do enjoy Pinterest more since I learned how to unfollow certain boards while still following friends. I do like the ones you’re not following. 🙂 Except clothing. But I have unfollowed ideas for home schooling or animals as well as others.

    1. LisaNotes Post author

      It helps when I know some of the players too, and with soccer, I know no one. Or at least I didn’t. Now I know Tim Howard anyway after watching this week. 🙂

      I kinda hope I keep the love/hate relationship with Pinterest a little while instead of all-love because I don’t need another thing to suck away more time online. ha. But I am enjoying it more since I honed in on my own interests. I would have loved it several years ago for homeschooling too! But I probably would have schooled less because of it. 😉

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